Tesla Model S 100D breaks battery life record



In Italy, members of a Tesla owners' club set a new record for autonomy. They managed to travel just over 1,000 km behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S 100D.

A first for a standard electric car, but the conditions to break such a record are not replicable in common use. First for a standard electric car, but the conditions to break such a record are not replicable in common use.


It's a very symbolic record that just fell. It's a very symbolic record that just fell. For the first time, a standard electric car has travelled more than 1,000 kilometres with a single charge of its battery. For the first time, a standard electric car has travelled more than 1,000 kilometres with a single charge of its battery. The performance was accomplished by the Tesla Owners Club Italia with a Tesla Model S 100D that covered exactly 1,078 kilometers in 29 hours on the roads of Salerno (Italy).

The performance was accomplished by the Tesla Owners Club Italia with a Tesla Model S 100D that covered exactly 1,078 kilometers in 29 hours on the roads of Salerno (Italy).

A record immediately welcomed by Elon Musk, the tesla boss who recently inaugurated the commercialization of the Model 3. A record immediately welcomed by Elon Musk, the tesla boss who recently inaugurated the commercialization of the Model 3. To reach the 1,000 km range, the Tesla Owners Club Italia team practiced "hypermiling". To reach the 1,000 km range, the Tesla Owners Club Italia team practiced "hypermiling". This technique consists of driving a gasoline or electric car at a constant speed and applying the brakes to a minimum in order to cover as much distance as possible with a full tank of gasoline or a charge.

The Tesla Model S 100D has an actual range of 550 km

In the case of this record, the Tesla Model S 100D had its load cap sealed by a bailiff. It was equipped with low rolling resistance tires and travelled in very specific conditions: air conditioning cut, constant speed of 40 km/h and the use of the Autopilot driver assistance system. The previous record was set last June in Belgium by a Tesla Model S P100D that had covered 901.2 km.

Of course, these particular conditions do not correspond to real daily use. On its online simulator, Tesla announces 551 kilometers of range for the S 100D by driving at 100 km/h, with the air conditioning on and an outside temperature of 20 degrees. But this new record shows that a range of 1,000 kilometers is possible in the medium term if we rely on the progress of batteries.

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